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If wishbones really do grant good fortune, then the art installation titled Brood by Kate MccGwire is filled with enough fortune to last a lifetime. It is made up of 23,000 chicken wishbones. Mounted on a wall in a stunning spiral pattern, this artwork was not made just for its visual appeal.
Brood by Kate MccGwire pays tribute to the dead—in particular, dead chickens. According to an accompanying statement, “MccGwire selected only the remains of battery-farmed chickens, the unnatural GM uniformity of the bones is shocking: transferring the ancient practices of witchcraft to a much more contemporary and scary one.” Individually, the wishbone symbolizes hope. Together, however, the mass represents “a cull, a killing field, the horrors of genocide and slaughter of innocents,” as written on her website.